Florida State University Congress of Graduate Students

Congress of Graduate Students



There are currently four (3) standing committees in COGS. Members are appointed by the Speaker, and with the exception of the Budget Committee, meets at least once every two months. 

Each committee has a chair who is elected by its members. Committees (with the exception of the budget committee) reports to the Congress on their activities at each meeting of the Assembly.


Internal Affairs:
A) Prepare and distribute the monthly COGS newsletter
B) Keep website information updated
C) Outreach to fill vacant seats in the Assembly
D) Relations between COGS and the SGA, MSC, and LSC
E) Oversight all COGS funding expenditure
F) Train new COGS members
G) Make/Propose amendments to the COGS Code
H) Hear cases of impeachment and removal prior to the full Assembly
I) Maintain attendance records, and initiate removal proceedings for members who are no longer in compliance with attendance requirements
J) All other areas in which the Chair and the Speaker agree the committee should focus


Student Affairs:
A) Academics and Honor Policy
B) Parking and Transportation
C) Housing and Dining
D) Library
E) Health and Wellness
F) Social and Community Programming
G) All other areas in which the Chair and the Speaker agree


Student Advocacy:
A) Graduate student pay and funding
B) Childcare
C) Relations with the Graduate Assistants Union
D) Diversity on campus
E) Health Insurance
F) All other areas in which the Chair and the Speaker agree the
committee should focus


Committee Chairs and Upcoming Meetings

Internal Affairs Committee:

Balak, Felix - Chair

Medarev, Steven - Vice Chair

Burns, Joshua
Delva, Nella
Rogowski, Susan
Rowan, Jack
Siegel, Madeline

Dates: every other Monday begining January 29, 2024
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Zoom Link: https://fsu.zoom.us/j/9979933116

Student Affairs Committee:
Wesner, Eric - Chair 
Wheeler, Jordan - Vice Chair

Alleyne, Jamila

Barber, Taylor
Pakdehi, Maryam
Vaughn, Laura
Velez, Frank


Date: March 25, 2024
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Zoom Link: https://fsu.zoom.us/j/93857468796

Student Advocacy Committee:
Hussain, Shezin - Chair 
Cyrille, Chris - Vice Chair
Balogun, Ridwan
Ebuara, Francis
Galeano Cabral, Jorge
McCraney, Madison
Nord, Profilia
Solmaz, Gizem
Wardlow, Tavaura


Date: April 8, 2024
Time: 7 p.m.

Budget Committee:

Burns, Josh - Chair

Bethke, Jared - Vice Chair:

Cyrill, Chris 

Ebuara, Francis

Rowan, Jack

Schumm, Elisabeth

Siegel, Maddie

Velez, Frank


Zoom Link:


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